This Retro Bangs Trend Will Always Be the Most Flattering Fringe for All Ages

Channel your inner Bardot.

You know when you get the sudden urge to do something that feels adventurous? A lot of times we suppress that feeling — and other times we get the bangs. Great women in the past didn't feel that same reluctance to take the plunge into fringe-dom. When Audrey Hepburn decided she wanted baby bangs, she did it and with a pixie cut, too. When Elizabeth Taylor wanted wispy bangs to accompany her afternoon martini, she asked for the scissors. And when Reese Witherspoon decided to get side-swept bangs right before an awards show in the early 2000s, she rocked them with a killer yellow gown and easy confidence. What's the moral of the story here? Bangs are timeless. Oh, and get the bangs if you really want them.

Any season kicks off with a bang with a fresh new haircut under your belt, and right now a pair of vintage bangs are majorly trending on Pinterest, TikTok, and beyond. (We'll give you a hint: Brigitte Bardot practically invented them in the 1960s.) Apparently, curtain bangs are going to be the flattering update to any length or cut you'll see all over social media, in the salons, and on the streets heading into and throughout 2022.

The whole idea is to cut bangs that don't necessarily have to look like bangs. You can part them decidedly in the center to appear more like face-framing layers (seen above), or you can scurry them across the forehead to veer more full-coverage (seen below). Either way, curtain bangs require way less styling than most bang types, which can be widely appreciated by anyone not well-versed in the art of the round brush. Beyond that, they're flattering on all ages.

You can easily work curtained bangs into the haircut you already have and make them naturally transitional as they grow out by asking your stylist to blend them into longer face-framing layers on each side. That way, you can brush them fully to each side to appear less noticeable if desired. Basically, curtain bangs can be fully on display one day and demure the next — which is like having two haircuts in one. Fun!

Curtain bangs look charmingly retro and hip at the same time, and we'll always show up for a haircut tweak that works with all lengths — from pixie to ultra-long — and at any age. It's all got to do with confidence, and for that, we recommend channeling your inner Audrey, Elizabeth, Reese, and Brigitte.

Get ready to feel like your most effortlessly stylish self, sans any high-maintenance styling.

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